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28 January 2021

Closing Keynote

A Life With Books (16.45 to 17.30)

Richard Holloway is a writer and broadcaster. He is the author of thirty books, including Godless Morality, Doubts and Loves, Looking in the Distance and Between the Monster and the Saint. His book, Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt, published by Canongate in March 2012, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize and won the PEN-Ackerley prize. His book, A Little History of Religion, published by Yale University Press in 2016, was shortlisted for the Saltire Non-Fiction prize.

He was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church till he stood down in 2000. He was Gresham Professor of Divinity in the City of London 1997-2001. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from its inception in 1990 till 1997, and chaired its ethics committee. He was on the BMA's steering group on Ethics and Genetics 1995-19998. He was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Commission from 2000-2003. He was Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council 2005-2010. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and received its Gold Medal in 2008. He is the Founder and Chairman of Sistema Scotland, the charity that has brought the Venezuelan youth orchestra system to Scotland.

A frequent broadcaster, he has presented a number of television series and regularly presents Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway for BBC Radio Scotland. Richard's new book, Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life And Death, will be published by Canongate on 1 March 2018.

Session: Closing keynote speaker